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Driver Recruitment Event in Sunderland on 24 February

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Driver Recruitment Event in Sunderland on 24 February

Go North East, Stagecoach and Arriva are joining forces as part of NEbus, the region’s bus operators’ association, to put on a bus driver recruitment event in Sunderland during the Confederation of Passenger Transport’s (CPT), the industry trade body, Bus and Coach Driver Recruitment Week.

Following the changes in the labour market affecting many sectors across the country as we emerged from the pandemic, there are now approximately 7,000 driver vacancies in the bus and coach industry, so CPT has launched the recruitment week, which runs between 21 and 27 February, to help raise awareness of driving roles and accelerate recruitment.

On Thursday 24 February, between 10am and 2pm, you’ll be able to pop along to Park Lane in Sunderland, where teams from the region’s bus companies will be on hand to have a chat about being a bus driver, and guide you through the application process.

Bus drivers are an integral part of connecting and keeping the UK moving, and play an ever increasing role in improving air quality through providing greener ways to get around. The week provides the opportunity to kickstart conversations about the benefits of being a driver, opportunities for career progression and to challenge myths around the role.

Being a driver also means playing an essential role keeping people connected with friends and family, making sure they can access essential services, and travel to work, education or other training opportunities.

Martijn Gilbert, chair of the North East bus operators association, NEbus, said: “Bus drivers play a vital role in our community, and public transport is playing an increasingly important role in connecting our communities, reducing congestion on our roads, and improving air quality.

“We want to encourage people to consider a job as a bus driver and we invite everyone to attend this event to find out more about the job opportunities available.

“Many people rely on buses to make their day-to-day journeys, as well as for making longer trips. Driving a bus is a job with real purpose and is at the heart of the green agenda too.

“We want people to come along and find out more about our inclusive, ambitious bus companies and see if becoming a bus driver is for them.”




On the Go since 1913

Around 175,000 journeys are made on Go North East bus services every day to travel around this wonderful region. Travelling to work or education, to visit friends and family, to have a night out, or to visit one of the region's many tourist and leisure attractions.

For over 100 years, Go North East has connected the region's towns and villages with the cities of Newcastle, Durham and Sunderland and currently operates across Northumberland, Tyne and Wear, County Durham and into Tees Valley.

Employing over 2,000 local people, with a fleet of almost 700 buses and coaches and an annual turnover of £100m, the company is the regional subsidiary of the Go-Ahead Group plc, one of the UK's leading providers of passenger transport.

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